Eastern Pennsylvania’s Best 5 State Parks for Sledding

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Are you looking for a place to go sledding in Eastern Pennsylvania? If so, you may want to contemplate taking your family to one of the region's state parks. In most instances, there is no admission fee. You will, however, need to bring your own sled. With that said, here are a few sledding areas worth visiting:

Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is located in Bucks County. It features one of the most popular sledding hills in the area. Visitors have two main sledding locations to choose from. I'd recommend the Upper Plantation Picnic Area. There is traditionally a warming area set up near the boathouse. Ice skating, cross-country skiing and ice fishing opportunities are also available onsite.

Lackawanna State Park

Lackawanna State Park is located in Lackawanna County. The sledding area is located near Pavilion 1. It has modest inclines that are great for kids less than 15 years of age. In addition to the sledding area, the park offers an ice skating area, cross-country skiing trails and opportunities for ice fishing. There are also public restrooms located onsite.

Frances Slocum State Park

Frances Slocum State Park is located in Luzerne County. There is a sledding area located near the swimming pool. Cross-country skiing trails, an ice skating area and ice fishing are also available within the confines of the park. There are restrooms and charcoal grills onsite too. In years past, the charcoal grills have been used by winter visitors to heat up hot chocolate, coffee, tea and snacks.

Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek State Park is located in Chester County. There is a large sledding area situated near the boat launch on the park's east side. Ice boating, ice fishing and ice skating on Marsh Creek Lake are also permitted when the ice is thick enough. Restrooms, picnic tables and charcoal grills are available onsite too.

Fort Washington State Park

Fort Washington State Park is located in Montgomery County. The park has several sections. Winter visitors will want to make a bee line to the Militia Hill Day Use Area. The sledding hill, restrooms and picnic area are located in Lot 5. To my knowledge, there are no charcoal grills in the picnic area. However, there are plenty of picnic tables. The cross-country skiing trails are accessible from that area as well. The only real downside about this sledding area is that there are no garbage cans. As such, visitors should be prepared to carry their trash out of the park with them.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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